After a cold dry winter, it's been a cool wet spring and, despite a few warm days, things are still behind what is normal for mid May. Which means a lot of plants that would normally be over are still in flower - and have been joined by the earliest of the summer flowers.
All of my winter / spring flowering Camellias are still producing. Not with the abundance of last month - 'St Ewe' and 'Cornish Snow' only have a few flowers and buds left - but enough for a very welcome show. Indeed 'Anticipation' is now at it's peak - only two months late. As always, click the photos to embiggen.
|Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation'|
|Magnolia 'Raspberry Ice'|
|Blue and white Aqueligia hybrid|
|Purple and white Aquilegia hybrid|
|Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'|
|Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf' - close up of the flowers|
|Epimedium x cantabrigiense|
|Epimedium franchettii 'Brimstone Butterfly'|
|Pumonaria 'Cotton Cool'|
|Erysium 'Walburton's Fragrant Star'|
Maria likes lavender. I don't mind it, though I'm not a cottage gardener - but my soil is too wet and acid for it to do well. So I have a couple of pots by the back door. Nothing special, two varieties of french lavender, one purple-pink, one white. But they flower most of the summer, and start early. Normally they'd be thronged with insects but they're few and far between at the moment.
|French lavender - dwarf white form|
|London Pride, Saxifraga x urbium|
|London Pride, Saxifraga x urbium. Single flower in close up.|
|Bergenia 'Winter Glow'|
|Impatiens auricoma x bicaudata|
As always, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme. Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.